The Humanitarian Award was presented to Frank Morganthaler … a Marine and retired Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department.  He works tirelessly to assist veterans who are returning home from the Middle East with horrendous injuries.  Frank is especially involved with the Service Dogs for Veterans program and frequently travels to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. (at his own expense) to legislatively support the program and educate veterans about assistance that might be available to them.

The Banko Award .. named after Anton Banko who was born in Trieste, Italy and was the first to engineer the concept of cataract surgery … was awarded to Dr. Glen Stoller.  Dr. Stoller is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the retina.  Although he dedicates much of his work to Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, he continues to be an active researcher in new therapies including Macular Degeneration.  He lectures throughout the country on his research for numerous professional societies including the Association for Research and Vision and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.

The program was expertly run by Gift of Sight Chairperson Marianne Principe O’Neil and the entire Gift of Sight Committee.  It was a wonderful afternoon … held in a beautiful place … a place where you feel much peace and comfort.  Both State President Thom Lupo and National President Joseph DiTrapani were present and spoke with much praise about the committee and the honorees